Teeth for Section 508 Compliance

Target settles litigation that its site didn’t work with screen readers very well:

According to the settlement, Target must ensure that blind Target.com users running screen-reader software can obtain the same information and perform the same transactions as all other users. Target also agreed to provide periodic training sessions for its Web developers and a quarterly summary of complaints received about accessibility to the NFB, the settlement noted.

The plaintiffs in the case — which also included the NFB of California and a blind college student Bruce Sexton — claimed that Target’s Web site was inaccessible and in violation of federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. Experts have said that this case may serve to expand the scope of how disability laws affect Web sites.

If your sites don’t work well with JAWS, your turn is coming:

“Following Target’s settlement, I think it is likely that online retailers can expect a rapid surge in litigation of this type.”

Comments are closed.

wordpress visitors